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National Standards

Did you know that there are already some national education standards in the United States? They are those proposed, for the most part, by the subject area teachers’ organizations. As we consider the concept of national standards in the light of students with special needs, they are worth considering. We have referred to them extensively in our articles on Homeschool Subjects, but here is a linked list of the major players. Some standards are available for free viewing and/or download, while others are available for purchase (indicated by $)

Social Studies (summary free; $ for whole)


English/Language Arts (includes Reading)



Physical Education

Health and Nutrition (summary free; $ for whole)

The Arts—Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts

• Foreign Language (exec. summary free; $ for whole)

Other Subjects

Kindergarten Curriculum

Maybe you have a child that is about to enter the world of kindergarten and you are curious to know what they will be learning. Perhaps you are teaching kindergarten curriculum at home or maybe just want to make sure your child is prepared. Regardless of the reason, it isn’t a bad idea to know what kindergarten is all about. There is a curriculum for those youngsters that involves more than coloring pictures, playing with toys, and learning to cut and paste. Kindergarten teachers are responsible for teaching 5 and 6 year old kids some important principles.

States seem to vary greatly on what kindergarten children are required to learn. Some have more requirements than others. However, the national guidelines have set standards for teaching kindergarten Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and History. There are various websites that outline the principles and lesson plans that can be used to teach these subjects. If your child in enrolled in compulsory education, you can check with their teacher to stay involved in their learning process.

In kindergarten, children become familiar with animals, colors, parts of the body, letters and numbers. They learn nursery rhymes, days of the week, important holidays, and how to rhyme simple words. Preparing your child for kindergarten by teaching a lot of these things at home really help to give them a head start. Kindergarten children should also learn their address, phone number, and the location of their home and school. By the end of kindergarten, they need to be able to write their name, read simple words, compute simple addition problems, identify letters and sounds, and make observations about the world. When you think about it, this is really a lot to teach in such a short period of time.

Kindergarten is a lot different than it used to be. It demands much more from these young children. In order to be ready for kindergarten a child must be able to manage their bathroom needs, pay attention for short periods of time, and follow simple directions. Any prior knowledge they receive regarding numbers, letters, sharing with others, or tracing basic steps will help them be well on their way to a positive learning experience. Be sure to check with your school prior to enrollment to learn of any additional requirements they might have for your child.